"There is no "Easy Button" when it comes to Trans Iowa. Everything is difficult."- Guitar Ted

Event Dates:  April 29th-30th. The  Pre-Race Meat-Up is Friday April 28th*

Entry Fee: FREE!

Field Limit: 120:

Start/Finish Town: Grinnell, Iowa-

Registration:   CLOSED!

  Lodging:  No Lodging deals this year due to an incident at T.I.v12. Sorry, but I cannot take the risk on the room guarantee if people do not behave in a civil manner.

*Pre-Race Meat Up:  Friday April 28th at the Grinnell Steakhouse.  Starts at 4:00pm MANDATORY ATTENDANCE TO RIDE IN TIv13! 

Course Info and Time Cut Off Info :   Approximately 331.6 miles total for the course. CP# 1 at approximately 46 miles. TIME CUT OFF IS 8:15am!, CP#2 at approximately 193 miles. TIME CUT OFF IS 11:00pm!! 

Notes: You Are Responsible For Yourself!

*NOTE: The Pre-Race Meat-Up is mandatory for event participants to attend or you will not be riding in T.I.V13!


1: The Golden Rule. The sponsors, organizers, and anyone having anything to do with this race are NOT responsible for your safety. Think of this race as a 300+ mile hard training ride with prizes. We can't say this enough.....YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU!

2: The Trans-Iowa Mountain Bike Race is a non-stop, self-supported, solo competition along the gravel roads of rural Iowa. Competitors must carry with them ALL necessary equipment.

3: Each rider is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for any accidents in which he or she may be involved. No responsibility can be accepted for riders becoming lost or stranded.

4: Prearranged outside support is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to assistance with navigation, delivery of supplies, lighting, or lodging.

5: Competitors will stock up on food and other items at stores and businesses along the route. Viva la gas station burritos and Oatmeal Cream Pies!

6: Competitors may not advance on the route by any means other than bicycling or in the case of a mechanical, by foot. There will be no hitching of rides via Iowa farm animals. Moooooooo.

7: Competitors may, in the case of emergency, mechanical or other unforeseeable problems, be assisted by motorized transport. By accepting motorized transport you will automatically relinquish your standing in the race.

8: The primary race route must be followed at all times. No short cuts or alternate routes are permitted. If you do this, you are a retard and will be forced to help local farmers scoop poop!

9: Bike choice is up to you! We are allowing mnt bikes, cyclocross bikes, 29"ers, and road bikes if you really want to be stupid. Just be aware that some research is going to have to go into your final bike choice. The gravel roads of Iowa can get pretty harsh in northern part of the state. I suggest atleast a 1.95, but then again, it's up to you how much you want to hurt. We'll leave it at that.

10: All singlespeed/fixie category racers must start and finish on the same gear. So, that means don't stick 10 assorted freewheels/track cogs in your bag. You CAN run a flip-flop hub, but both gears (freewheel & cog) must have the same number of teeth.

11: You are completely on your own. Use your head. Look and yield for traffic. There will be no course marshalls to hold up traffic. Don't be a dumbass!

12: Riders must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet, must obey city, county and state laws and Rules of the Road, and conduct themselves in a manner that will not bring discredit to the event.

13: All racers must use and carry with them a flashing red taillight and front light, and a back-up light source, i.e. headlamp. A cell phone is also a good/great idea.

14: Racers will be supplied a course map, a.k.a Cue Sheet.

15: This event will happen regardless of rain, sleet, snow, drought, wind, rabbit infestation, etc. You get the idea.

16: Weather Related Stoppage and Time Cut Off Rule: In case of severe weather during the event, we will do the folowing things so you can act accordingly. Remember: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!! If the sky is falling, or you see Dorothy's house go spinning by your head, you should take appropriate actions to protect yourself. We will not be responsible for ill advised heroics in inclement weather. Be smart, or be pig fodder! This is only given out so that you as an event participant will know what our actions will be in regards to keeping tabs on your progress and what will be done with prizing.

Weather related cancellation of the event will be enforced at the checkpoints. All participants will be directed as to where and when any prizing will be distributed at checkpoints by our volunteers. If you pull out before a checkpoint, you will need to contact the Event Director to find out if the event is being terminated. Results will not be tabulated if we have to stop the event. If cut off times to a checkpoint are not met by any event participant then the event will be terminated and all will be considered as DNF's.

Prizing will be distributed by raffle to the remaining participants in the event at the time of stoppage or when it becomes clear that the cut off times will not be met. Must be present to win. Decisions of the event's directors is final.

17: No GPS Systems allowed for navigation. GPS's are allowed for personal data and recording your ride.

18: Have atleast a pit crew of 1 to help you if you have problems. The people and sponsors associated with this race will not come get you or be responsible for you! You get ran over by a tractor, that is your problem. You get attacked by a rabid raccoon, that also is your problem. You get recruited to scoop pig poop, yep you guessed it, that is your problem.

19: A cell phone is highly recommended. Make sure you know how to use it.

20: Racers can help other racers with mechanical support. We are not doing this event to leave someone out in the boonies of Iowa.

21: If you exit the course for food, supplies, or any other reason, You must re-enter in the same spot in which you left. Got it!

22: Drafting is allowed. But please do not show up with 8 of your buds and turn this into a road race.

23: Due to ever evolving "technology" it has to be said now that no electric assist, nor anything other than a 100% human powered, two wheeled vehicle is allowed to be used at Trans Iowa. 

24: Participants must remain within the primary boundaries of the roadway at all times. If the roadway is bordered by fences or ditches, riders must stay between them. If the roadway is in open range, stay on the roadway. Leaving the roadway or climbing over a fence is considered short cutting the course and will result in disqualification

The intent of these rules is to establish an equal and fair opportunity for all racers.



Yeah, we have some prizes, but they are neither bling-bling or going to help you find a mate. If you are looking to get rich by winning this event, I am sorry, but you better look elsewhere. Some prizing will be given to the top finishers in these 3 fields...
Open Men

Open Women
Open Singlespeed / Fixed Gear
Plus, there may be some Special Prizing given at the discretion of the Event Directors and Sponsors. Look for details in the "Latest News" section on any prizing that may be given out in this manner. 

Categories: There will be a Open Men, Open Women, Single Speed/Fixed, and a category for Volunteers from the previous year who gain entry for their service. 

T.I.  Sponsors: Prizing will be provided by the following fine companies. Please click on the links to learn more about them and please support them. Velocity USA is back again and will be providing a wheel set to the finisher who gets through Checkpoint #2 on time and is the last one to do so. We've done this format before with another company and it works out well and is a lot of fun for the riders. WTB is going to provide every finisher with a set of tires. Every OFFICIAL FINISHER of T.I.v13 will receive ONE PAIR of tires from WTB. The finishers can choose ONE of THREE options: 700 X 37, 700 X 45, or 650B X 47. ONE PAIR per FINISHER only and NO MIXED SETS!


The following is information for you the racer, and some suggestions for gear to keep in mind for the event. Of course, what you decided to carry is up to you. The items listed in RED are the "must haves" by all racers!
  • When you’re out riding in Iowa in April, the weather can change rapidly at any time and being prepared for wind and rain or snowy conditions with the gear that you carry will make your ride much more enjoyable. Even on a 60 degree day, it’s possible to get cold very quickly if you have to stop to fix a mechanical problem or become injured so always carry a waterproof/windproof jacket or thermal top and dress in layers appropriate to the conditions.
  • Maintain your bike so that it doesn’t let you down when you’re at the furthest point from civilization.
  • As a minimum I suggest carry the tools listed below and more importantly, know how to use them.
  • If possible cycle in a group so that if someone does hurt himself or herself there are enough people to stay with the injured person while others go for help.
  • Carrying a basic first aid kit and survival blanket is a very good idea.
  • Unless you are VERY familiar with the area where you are cycling, carry a map and compass in clear plastic bag. Again – know how to use them!
  • Keep eating and drinking regularly to keep your energy levels up so that you can complete the race. Be able to recognise the symptoms of dehydration and “hitting the wall” and act accordingly.
  • In most cases the farmers of Iowa are your best bud. They will give you food, and treat you like a son or daughter. But there are a few out there that would rather mow you down with their 1969 Dodge pickup.
  • Farmers own dogs. These dogs chase anything that moves. Be prepared to throw-down with a mutt if needed.
  • Redwing Blackbirds......if you get too close to their nests, they will dive-bomb your head. Just keep riding, they can't hurt you.

  • Red tail light (here is a good example)
  • Front light. Power output is up to you. Keep in mind you won't be able to recharge. (here is a good example)
  • A way to contact the "outside" world should you need help. (Hint- cell phone!)


  • Small rucksack / hydration pack
  • Lightweight waterproof / windproof top
  • Extra thermal top or warm layer to wear if stopped
  • 2 liters of water either in a bladder or water bottles
  • Food – for example energy bars, gels or chocolate
  • A good pump
  • Tyre levers
  • 2 spare inner tubes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Chain splitter
  • Allen key set
  • Spoke wrench
  • First aid kit and survival blanket
  • Mobile phone / money for pay-phone
  • Butt butter....ahhhhh smooooth!
  • Good chain lube. Don't under-estimate Iowa's harsh conditions in the Spring.
  • Cash, debit card, credit card. Use these items to get items on the road to complete the route.
  • Handle bar map case ( Banjo Brothers Cue Sheet Holder)
  • a cycling computer ( Garmin Edge 200)

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around during a race and on many cases you won’t need all of it. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote spot, you’ll be equipped to deal with most situations or at least stay safe and warm until help arrives.


 Trans Iowa V13 Roster
Limited to 120 Riders
"Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness"
 Womens Open
1 #76. Sarah Cooper
2. #77. Jana Vavra 
3. #78. Amy Oberbroekling
4. #79. Crystal Wintle 
5. #80. Kate Ankofski R
6. #81. Lee Buell R
7. #82. Pam Meier R
8. #83. Jamie Granquist R
9. #84. Allie Corlett R
10. #95. Leah Gruhn R

Mens Open
11. # 99. Ari Andonopoulous
12. #96. Charlie Farrow
13. #94. Michael Roe
14. #14. #102. Corey "Cornbread" Godfrey
15. #112. Matt Jennings
16. #113. Allen Brunner
17. #115. Greg Gleason
18. #116. Walter Zitz
19. #117. Mitch Bernskoetter
20. #118. Jeremy Kershaw
21. #119. Alex Ones
22. #120. Nickel Potter
23. #121. Keith Hilsenbeck
24. #122. Andrew Christman
25. #123. Jim Philips
26. #124. Paul Urbanski
27. #125. Joe Mann
28. #126. Chad Ament
29. #127. Sam Auen
30. #129. Benjamin Sopko
31. #130. Brian Gillies
32. #131. Jackson Hinde
33. #132. Scott Redd
34. #133. Pell Duvall
35. #134. Brett Beebe
36. #135. Timothy Stephens
37. #136. Marcus Anderson
38. #137. Joe Stephens
39. #138. Nick McColloch
40. #139. Robert Kiefer
41. #140. Keisuke Inoue
42. #141. Daryl Hilsenbeck
43. #142. Steve Buser
44.  #144. Jamie Wynne
45. #145. Balvindar Singh
46. #146. Scott Sumpter
47. #147. Luke Wilson
48. #148.Josh Lederman
49. #149. Eric Bossaller
50. #150. Will Ritchie
51. #240. Dan Lockery
52. #201. Derek Henry R
53. #202. Dan Hughes R
54. #203. Michael Armour R
55. #204. Zach Bonzer R
56. #205. Ian Wilkey R
57. #206. Jamin D. Williamson R
58. #207. Matt Curry R
59. #208. Brandon Ruschill R
60. #209. Trent Hovenga R.
61. #211. Andy Czechanski R
62. #212. Joshua Peter R
63. #213. Derek Brown R
64. #214. Jim Koziol R
65. #215. Matt Acker R
66. #216.  Jason Strating R
67. #217. Jeff Fisher R
68. #218. Ryan Hoyt R
69. #219. Scott Rider R
70. #220. Kenny Branham R
71. #221. Mike Wagster R
72. #222. James Nixon R
73. #223. Andrew Pearson R
74. #224. Dustin Chambliss R
75. #225. Paul Brogan R
76. #226. Ian Hoogendam R
77. #227.Timothy Winterlin R
78. #228. Eric Schmidgall R
79. #229. Benjamin Hudson R
80. #230. Ben Mullin R
81. #231. Jay Schares R
82. #232. David Markman R
  Single Speed/ Fixed
83. #85. Charles Parsons
84. #86. Warren Wiebe 
85. #87. John Welsh
86. #89. Travis Brunner
87. #90. Scott McConnell
88. #114. Mark Johnson
89. #91. Bob Billings R
90. #92. Luke Brager R
91. #93. Bailey Newbrey R

Volunteer Exemption

V- 234. Mike Baggio
V- 235. Dave Roll
V- 237. John Mathias